Fall Birthday Day Trip

DSCN3540I love having a birthday in the fall!  It is such a beautiful time of year, weather is great and the season just screams for a day trip.  Being in Indiana, we ventured to Brown County and Nashville Indiana for a day to celebrate my birthday and the fall.  Brown Country has parks and trails gallore.  And Nashville is a wonderful craft filled town with rows of shops and yummy places to grab a bite or treat.

 

 

The weather was perfect for our venture and we started by hiking and just taking in the view.  Leaves are turning and falling from the trees.  I could not have written a better script than what was given to us that day.  Simply beautiful.

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On our hike we stumbled upon this great outdoor amphitheater.  We must look up to see what goes on here.  Isn’t it lovely?

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We went into Nashville then for an afternoon of browsing and shopping.  Nashville is what I like to refer to as an artsy town.  There is so much creative energy flowing.  It inspires a “non shopper” like me to shop and gives me oodles of ideas to try at home.  Here is hubby with his new found friend. that welcomed him into her shop to view (and buy) her wares!

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The shops show off their merchandise inside and out.  Isn’t this so cute?  It makes you want every single item on your porch at home!  I will show you pics of my selections at the end of my day when I unpacked at home! (so keep reading)

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On the way home, we stopped to buy pumpkins.  This barn was awesome.  You can also pick your own pumpkins here.  We were a little late to do that, so we just got some that were already on display.

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The real surprise however were the alpacas that they have!  Aren’t they wonderful?

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We headed back home and it was so fun to unpack my goodies that we had gotten.  Since I have a new found love for chickens, but we don’t have any yet, I have been finding other ways to enjoy them.  (Remember Gus the Rooster on my pole barn?).  Take a look at these cuties for my kitchen:

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BUT the craftiness doesn’t stop in Nashville.  I received awesome gifts from my daughters for our gardens.  Look at these great veggie markers from spoons, corks and hemp.  I love them and cannot wait to put them outside.

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Also for our garden are number markers.  I have 7 beds currently and I am starting to get them confused!  Here are a couple of the bed markers so I can keep them straight.  How great are these?  What wonderful gifts for my gardens and me!

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And what would a day trip be without a visit to Life is Good and a new T shirt?  Look at the PERFECT one that I found!

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Appropriate for our muddy cool weather are the great MUCKS that hubby got me!  I cannot wait to slosh around in the dirt with these babies!

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So happy birthday to me!

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And Happy FALL to ALL!  Thank you for reading and sharing in my fun day!

 

 

 

Rite of Passage-Pole Barn COMPLETE!

DSCN3449 Yes, the pole barn is complete; by that I mean no more construction crews out here.  Our work is now beginning.  Cleaning up the basement, garage, porch, deck, etc now is on us!

The fascination that I experienced in seeing this thing go up is beyond words.  The crew was excellent!  Our building inspector said “they could teach us all how to build right!”.  We loved them so much we have engaged them for another project here.

Here are some pictures of the  construction of the walls, setting of windows and doors and getting it to the place where concrete could come in.

Then came the concrete.  The precision with which they poured and spread was amazing!  BUT more amazing was that they did not get it all over themselves. I get dirty just looking at stuff! I know that I could not work with concrete—I would end up a statue no doubt! One of the women had white shorts on and she was a clean going as she was coming.  I just don’t get that!

My favorite part was adding the cupola.  Since one of my many dreams is having chickens, we selected (I selected, ok) a rooster for the weather vane.  He is my inspiration and my first chicken.  His name is Gus. 🙂

Then it was our turn.  The project was done at 7pm Friday night.  We took a candle and a bottle of bubbly (and the dog of course) and celebrated the official Rite of Passage completion!

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The weekend brought excitement as we began moving in.  Our garage thanks us; our basement thanks us; our porch thanks us!

A couple new hummingbird feeders have found a home on the lean to and Jasmine is happy to have yet another place to lay around on.

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Can I get a YIPEE! from anyone?  I am so excited, I love it so much.  For a girl who didn’t even know what a pole barn was a year ago, this has really helped in unleashing my inner farmgirl!

Thanks for reading and following this journey.

Rite of Passage—Pole Barn!

This morning I had a blog topic ready in my head and I had just sat down to blog when this happened:

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Have I told you recently how excited I am to get our pole barn? OK… so yes I have, but REALLY I am!  When I think about a space for our tractor, seedlings, pots, trailer, rakes, hoes, and on and on I get so thrilled.

A couple of years ago I would have never, ever thought of this.  I mean in a subdivision you don’t exactly build a 30×44 structure for outdoor equipment.  But when you get 5+ acres and you have some dreams (both big and small) you got to have a place to store stuff and work in to make all these dreams come true.

So I left my computer and my blog idea and snapped some shots for memories sake:

So they are now ours and waiting for other pieces parts and the construction crew from a nearby Amish village.  They are truly just the nicest people to have been dealing with!

The best shot of the day though is what will don the cupola:

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This represents one of my big dreams here—chickens and hens and eggs oh my!  So this will keep that vision in front of me while we continue talking forwards steps in fulfilling our dreams.

Next week…. probably more pole barn shots. 🙂  It is after all a right of passage for me in unleashing my inner farmgirl!

Unleashing Can Be Dangerous(ly fun)!

Unleashing your inner farmgirl can be dangerous.  She will want to do and try so many things and it will be impossible to contain her. 🙂

I have taken the week off from my “day job” in corporate and it really allows my farmgirl to dream, plot and plan.  Watch out!

Things I have experienced today:

  • Started worm compost tea
  • Ordered an Earthway Seeder
  • Researched Wheel Hoes (any suggestions?)
  • Watered my seedlings for my fall garden
  • Read and read on green shield bugs
  • Baked (usually hubby’s gig but my inner Farmgirl loves it) —cookies and banana bread
  • Ordered beekeeping books and chicken books and gardening year around books
  • Watched videos on high tunnels (oh boy!)
  • Read a lot of blogs that are of interest…chickens and bees and veggies oh my!
  • Ordered some shea butter so I can add lip balm to my DIY products
  • Started a notebook/journal each on bees and chickens—recording planning and dreaming is oh so important!
  • Ate lunch on my deck which was just peaceful and awesome

And most importantly dreamed and dreamed and dreamed.  More fun to come today-working the garden later today, getting on my tractor, feeling more sunshine and getting dirty. 🙂  Hubby said to me “I love it when you are like this…” My response, “me too.”